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Pennsylvania Supreme Court voids one order, remands case for hearings in Commonwealth Court

AP reports: Pennsylvania's highest court Monday kept alive Ralph Nader's bid to run as an independent candidate for president in the state, and a lower court scheduled more than a dozen hearings in courtrooms across the state next week to review challenges to Nader's nominating petitions.

In a one-page order, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned a state Commonwealth Court ruling barring Nader from running as an independent because he had accepted the nomination of the national Reform Party as its candidate in some other states.

Shortly afterward, the Commonwealth Court sent an order to lawyers in the case outlining an ambitious schedule of hearings in Philadelphia, Doylestown, Pittsburgh, Erie, Greensburg and Harrisburg to consider challenges to Nader's petitions in 48 counties.

The court ordered lawyers for both sides to meet as soon as possible with elections officials from most of the counties to compare the signatures on Nader's petition with voter registration records. Slightly different procedures were set for the Philadelphia and Allegheny county reviews. -- Top Pa. court gives hope to Nader (AP via phillyBurbs.com)